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The famous dialogues, in which Gide defends homosexuality to the point of making it a civic virtue, now appearing in English for the first time. André Gide. Corydon by Andre Gide (image courtesy Goodreads). The complex and provocative André Gide is known for his unconventional. CORYDON. by Andre Gide With a comment on the second dialogue in. CORYDON by FRANK BEACH, Department of Psychology, Yale University. NEW YORK.

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This particular translation by Richard Howard is superb; it is both lyrical and poetic. In spite of that, I thought Corydon erudite and interesting. Gide’s work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty.

Throughout his career, Gide maintained an extensive correspondence with such noted figures as Valery, Claudel, Rilke, and others. Published in French inthe book is divided into four “dialogs” on homosexuality and its place in the world.

New Poems; Like Most Revelations: Please try again later. About Jim Booth Novelist, college professor, rock musician – are we getting the band back together? That is why, rather than by personal prudence, that I stuffed Corydon into a drawer and smothered it there for such a long time.

Book Review – Corydon by Andre Gide | Kevin Stephany’s Critique Compendium

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In Dialogue Four, Gide spends a great deal of time talking about ancient societies, and in particular ancient militaries. Gide argues this is reflected by writers and artists from Homer and Virgil to Titian and Shakespeare in their depictions of male—male relationships, such as Achilles and Patroclusas homosexual rather than as platonic as other critics insist. Gide makes a truly troubling slip at the very andrw of the final dialogue, but perhaps that was unavoidable given the time.


Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and a narrow social moralism.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Dialogue Two is again between the two friends, but this time focuses on explaining nature, and in particular animals. It doesn’t have the same meaning as our word “pedophile”, which denotes an attraction to very young children who have not entered puberty.

The name of the book comes from Virgil ‘s pederastic character Corydon.

Innumerable sounder treatments, from Proust to Kinsey, have let light and air in on this not too agreeable topic. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I did have a few minor issues.

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A shockingly relevant piece of work, given its publication nearly a century ago. The second dialogue, consisting mostly of descriptions of animal mating habits, I found rather unfortunate and far too long. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Wonder if I should just toss the rest of his books as well He doesn’t even apologize! Two main points in Gide’s defense of homosexuality: The literary taboo is off; the contents of this book can no longer astound the general reading public. His accounts of his disillusionment were published as Return from the U. Dec 16, Carmel Ramos rated it did not like it. To compound cordon, Gide kept those copies in a drawer.


Loc 56 Just what subject could be so disturbing and contentious for the public good? One wants to believe that Gide is merely doing what he often does: Gide is known, as I have noted, as a provocateur. Gide uses this evidence to insist that homosexuality is more fundamental and natural than exclusive heterosexualitywhich he believes is merely a union constructed by society. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

No trivia or quizzes yet. He wrote the following virulent anti-Semitic remarks: The Jews have become masters in the art of breaking up our most respected institutions, the most venerable, those that are even the foundation and support of our Western civilization, for the profit of I do not know what kind of license and what looseness of morals which fortunately is repugnant to our good sense and our instinct of Latin sociability.

Gide, the reflective rebel against bourgeois morality and one of the most important and controversial figures in modern European literature, published his first book anonymously at the age of English Choose a language for shopping. See and discover other items: This is in France, which until just a few years ago had no such thing as a legal age of consent, and men were free to diddle gie year girls all day long.